Dear Friends of Saint Ann Shrine,
Easter is a delightful opportunity to celebrate with loved ones as the early stages of Spring begin to take place. Spring signifies a rebirth to bright and sunny days, flowers blooming in the garden, grass growing greener. Jesus’ resurrection invokes a rebirth in our spiritual “garden” as well. We continue to receive new life through Jesus’ resurrection every day of our lives.
Jesus died on the cross so our sins can be forgiven and so we can rise from our sins through His resurrection. Easter is also a time to celebrate and appreciate the genuine sacrifice Jesus made for us. Jesus came to us as a human being so that he experienced, and understands, the challenges we face every day of our lives. Our faith is based on hope. Hope in the resurrection.
Easter is the most heartfelt and genuine illustration of self-sacrifice. We use the Lenten season to make sacrifices and prepare to show Jesus just how grateful we are for his personal sacrifice and for all the blessings we’ve been given in our lives. The discipline we show during these 40 days shouldn’t stop there. We can use this time as a springboard to improving our lives and becoming a better version of ourselves!
It’s nearly impossible to embrace our struggles in life the way Jesus embraced his forthcoming Passion. May we be encouraged to let go of that which binds us to sin and accept the challenge of becoming better versions of ourselves. God’s mercy is new every morning and Jesus’ love is unconditional. May we use this time of year to enact a resurrection of our own spiritual lives.
Furthermore, we are inspired by the dignity in which the Blessed Virgin Mary handled her Son’s Passion and Resurrection. Might we be energized to handle our daily lives with the dignity and class modeled by Mary who undoubtedly learned these traits from her mother, Good Saint Ann, who is a guardian angel and patron saint to us all. We come to Saint Ann and pray for her to intercede on our behalf for healing, strength, and patience.
Your devoted prayerful and financial support enables the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Community to continue administering to Saint Ann’s Shrine and support our wonderful ministry and mission work! It’s so amazing to see the good work that comes to fruition due to your heartfelt generosity! Please include your prayer intentions on the reply slip with your offering and we will be sure to pray for them during our 11:30pm Daily Mass. May the healing power of Good Saint Ann and her Grandson Jesus intercede for you!
Resurrection is at the heart of God’s promise of eternal life. May this Easter Season resurrect your faith and spiritual life as we praise Jesus for being our Lord and Savior, our brother, and our friend. He indeed has Risen! God Bless you in your support of Saint Ann’s Shrine and we wish you a Happy Easter! May your Easter be blessed with peace and joy!
In Jesus, our Risen Lord,
Fr. Roger Bourgeois, SSS
* Join us for the Triduum as we celebrate Saint Ann’s Feast Day: July 24th (Mass at 7:00pm), 25th (Mass at 4:30pm), & 26th (Mass at 7:00pm) in Cleveland. A nine-day Novena is celebrated at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City from July 17th through July 26th with Mass at 7:30PM each day.
*Our Blessed Sacrament religious in Bethany and at Regina Health Center in Richfield pray for you daily. Please let us know of any special intentions you’d like us to remember. The Blessed Sacrament Community supports you in prayer and Eucharist. You can submit your prayer though our website and request a candle to be lit for your special intentions at st-ann-shrine.org.
* We invite you and your group to join us at Saint Ann’s Shrine for Daily Mass at 11:30AM, Monday-Friday (call for Holidays)
* We have Blessed Oil and Holy Water available for a suggested donation of $6.00 per bottle. Contact Saint Ann Shrine at 440-449-2700 or st-ann-shrine.org.
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* Please ask your employer if they support a matching gift program and your donation may be doubled!
*You can support the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament through donations of stock or distributions from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). For your convenience, you can support us through your Donor Advised Fund by using our DAF Direct option on our website (st-ann-shrine.org).
*Emmanuel magazine is a publication of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. The mission of Emmanuel is to “see all of reality in the light of the Eucharist.” Those interested in a Eucharistic perspective on Spirituality, Culture, Scripture, Ministry, Liturgy, and Prayer will find Emmanuel to be an excellent resource. Subscribe today! Contact us at (440) 449-2103 or email@example.com. Visit our website: emmanuelpublishing.org.
*The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament offers a daily devotion/reflection. If you’d like to receive this uplifting message, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Your loved ones can be remembered during Mass at Saint Ann’s Shrine. Call 440-449-2700 for details.
*Please consider becoming a member of our Legacy Society by naming Saint Ann’s Shrine or the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in your will. For more information, please contact Scott Gongos at 440-449-2700 or email@example.com. We currently have 331 friends who have committed to the long-term support of Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament! Thank You for your generosity and commitment!!!